Allied Warships

USS Clemson (AVD 4)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAVD 4 
ModSea plane tender 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down11 May 1918 
Launched5 Sep 1918 
Commissioned29 Dec 1919 
End service12 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned on 30 June 1922
Reclassified as sea plane tender AVP-17 on 15 November 1939
Recommissioned on 12 July 1940
Classification changed to AVD-4 on 24 August 1940
Converted back into a destroyer during March-May 1943.
Reclassified back to DD-186 on 1 December 1943
Converted to High Speed Transport and reclassified APD-31 on 1 May 1944
Reclassified back to Destroyer DD-186 on 16 July 1945
Decommissioned on 12 October 1945
Stricken on 24 October 1945
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 21 November 1946


Commands listed for USS Clemson (AVD 4)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Perry Whitney, USN12 Jul 194022 Mar 1942 (1)
2Evan White Yancey, USN22 Mar 19421 Sep 1943
3William Francis Moran, USNR1 Sep 1943Dec 1943
4Arthur H. Hardy, Jr., USNRDec 194321 Sep 1945
5J. H. Robertson, USNR21 Sep 194512 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Clemson include:

13 Dec 1943
German U-boat U-172 was sunk on 13 December 1943 in the mid-Atlantic after a 27 hour fight west of the Canary Islands, in position 26°29'N, 29°58'W, by depth charges and Fido homing torpedoes from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft (VC-19) of the American escort carrier USS Bogue and by some 200 depth charges from the US destroyers USS George E. Badger, USS Clemson, USS Osmond Ingram and USS Du Pont.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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